Home sewing is booming again. Inspired by sites like Etsy, Craftsy, Pinterest,
and CreativeBug, by the continuing popularity ofProject Runway and other
fashion shows, and by the ever-growing DIY movement, there are more than 35
million sewists in America. Now, for this new generation that wants to make
their own clothes, express their fashion sense, look great, be creativeâ€•and
save money, to bootâ€•comes Amy Barickmanâ€™sThe Magic Pattern Book, an
illustrated guide to creating a one-of-a-kind wardrobe from six magic patterns.
What makes a sewing pattern magic? Itâ€™s a simple equation: One â€œmagicâ€
pattern can be transformed into six different looksâ€•for example, The Skirt
(pattern B) yields an A-line skirt, a maxi skirt, a pleated hem skirt, a pencil
wrap skirt, a flared bias skirt, and a ruffled mini. Then comes even more
magicâ€•there are six magic patterns inThe Magic Pattern Book, resulting in
thirty-six different looks. Following each look are suggestions for specific
fabrics, many of them repurposed items, for a total of 216 garments and
accessories. The skill level is basic, and patterns are bundled onto a CD in an
envelope in the back of the book, and also found online (to be downloaded and
printed out on 81/2" x 11" paper).
What makes a book magic? Another simple equation: great value, a great
promise, a great package, and a great author.